Labour to plough R800m into agriculture
The Department of Labour has announced its intention to invest R800 million in agriculture and related business over the next year. The announcement of the investment comes on the heels of commitments made by social partners at the Jobs Summit. The investment will be handled through the department’s entities... Read more
Harmful Oriental Fruit Fly detected in Northern Cape
Inspectors from the Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries have confirmed the detection of the harmful Oriental Fruit Fly in the Orange River area, within the ZF Mgcawu District Municipality in the Northern Cape. Several detections of specimens of this pest were reported to the department between February and April... Read more
Agriculture bodies support efforts on land reform
Organised agriculture will soon sign a declaration of intent on land reform that will help government to transform the sector, AgriSA said on Thursday. “We are extending a hand of friendship……here to government, in saying we want to partner with you. We want to collaborate and take this country... Read more
Dti endorses recommendation to increase sugar import duties
Trade and Industry Minister Rob Davies has endorsed the International Trade Administration Commission’s recommendation to increase import duties for sugar. In a statement on Tuesday, the Minister agreed to the raising of import duties to US$680/ton. This follows an application launched by the South African Sugar Association (SASA) to... Read more
Jobs added in first quarter
In the first quarter of 2018 the total number of jobs increased by 56 000 from the previous quarter, bringing the total number of persons employed in the formal non-agricultural sector to 9 838 000. According to the figures from the Quarterly Employment Statistics (QES) Survey, the formal sector jobs rose year-on-year... Read more
Task team to assist sugar industry
A Sugar Value Chain Task Team has been set-up to seek solutions facing the sugar industry. The establishment of the task team follows a meeting held at the Department of Trade and Industry’s (dti) premises on Monday. The meeting discussed challenges faced by the industry. “The Task Team is... Read more
International success for E Cape farm
You have to be a really hard nut to crack yourself, if you want to make it as a macadamia nut farmer, says Cowan Skelem, one of the leading people behind Ncera Macadamia Farming (NMF), near East London. For, the strongest determination, is what it takes to make it... Read more
Bulk infrastructure projects could push back Day Zero
Water and Sanitation Minister Nomvula Mokonyane said interventions such as the bulk infrastructure projects and daily monitoring of dam levels could see “Day Zero” pushed back this year. “It could be pushed back this year as the department has interventions in place, which include six projects around bulk infrastructure... Read more
EL co-operative plans transition to commercialise
A hesitant entrant into the agricultural co-operative space, 54-year-old Zola Qontos is the last man standing of an initial group of 30 residents and their families who registered as farmers to till the land at a Mdantsane school. The Qontos Family Co-operative is now the only family remaining still... Read more
SA takes local flavour to the world
South African cuisine will tanatalise the taste buds of the world when local companies exhibit their products at the World Food Moscow 2017 Mockba in Russia. The Department of Trade and Industry (dti) will lead a group of 20 companies from the agro-processing industry to the exhibition that is... Read more